UNHCR Monthly Update Shelter September 2013

Inclusion of Lebanese host communities in shelter assistance schemes: i.e. cash for rent or rehabilitation ... of refugees, the availability of affordable and decent.
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September 2013 September developments

826,000 refugees will need shelter assistance (projected end(approximately of 2013) Over 1,040 families 5,200 individuals) benefited from UNHCR826,000 refugees will need shelter implemented shelter activities including weather proofing, rehabilitation of assistance (projected end of 2013) unfinished buildings, and cash grants.

Breakdown of current refugee accommodation

Distribution of winterization kits in informal settlements and unfinished buildings is on-going. With the support of Dar Al Fatwa, eight plots suitable for the establishment of Formal Tented Settlements (FTS) for at least 160 families have been identified in Akkar and approved by the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA). The development of the sites will be carried out in partnership with the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Concern, in close cooperation with local authorities.

August 2013

UN-HABITAT, a new implementing partner of UNHCR, identified 89 houses out of a total of 400 for rehabilitation under this agreement. Rehabilitation works will be completed by early Nov ember, offering proper accommodation to 125 families (625 individuals). At Masnaa Border Crossing, UNHCR with the support of the Ministry of Interior, MoSA and the Ministry of Finance (Customs Department) set up a second waiting area which will protect refugees and others entering Lebanon from sun, wind, rain, and snow while waiting to be processed by the General Security. In Akkar, six farms are currently being rehabilitated through Concern and DRC. These farms will provide collective shelter to some 210 families. As part of contingency planning, UNHCR has prepositioned 10,000 additional winterization kits, which can be distributed in informal settlements or used to seal off unfinished buildings.

Funding UNHCR shelter requirements:

Achievements January – September

USD 79.4 m

Total target # of beneficiaries: 194,500

Percentage funded: 27% Activity

reached Jan- Sep

reached Jan - Sep

Total beneficiaries from shelter support

8,911

45,358

Weatherproofing in Informal settlements

3,976

19,987

Weather proofing of unfinished houses

1,800

9,058

Cash grants (both for shelter & unconditional grants)

1,478

7,940

Collective shelters renovated

807

4,022

House rehabilitation

654

3,361

Temporary shelter

196

990

Remaining UNHCR requirements (RRP5) Funding received as of September

27% funded

72% remaining requirements

Contact: Vincent Dupin ([email protected])

Needs Shelter is an urgent concern, especially as refugees run out of resources to pay their rent and as the winter months and colder weather approach. With constantly increasing numbers of refugees in Lebanon, more and more live in substandard dwellings, with limited privacy and protection from the elements. A phone survey conducted in September confirms that some 14% of refugees live in makeshift shelters in informal settlements. Refugee needs include: Adequate shelter and dignified living conditions for individuals in informal settlements, flood-prone areas or facing eviction Improvements to existing dwellings (in particular, winterization) Cash assistance for rent

Challenges Lack of wide-scale shelter options: In absence of facilities capable of receiving large numbers of refugees, the availability of affordable and decent accommodation greatly exceeds demand. The dispersion of the refugee population (in over 1,400 locations) requires a multi-faceted shelter strategy and close coordination with host communities, local authorities and religious entities.